B´nai Brith Attacks Anti-Jewish Bias in Canada (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 05/01/12)
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B’nai Brith has attributed the increasingly high number of anti-
Semitic incidents in Canada to a “sustained undercurrent of anti-
Jewish bias,” said an organization official.
The League for Human Rights of B’nai Birth Canada issued a report
stating that there were 1,297 anti-Semitic incidents in 2011,
a “negligible decrease” of 0.7% from the previous year, The Toronto
Sun reported on Sunday.
“The overreaching finding of the report demonstrates a sustained,
ongoing undercurrent of anti-Jewish bias in Canada with appalling
incidents of harassment, vandalism and even violence,” said Frank
Dimant, CEO of B’nai Brith.
“Thirty years after the enactment of the Charter of Rights and
Freedoms, we continue to see rocks being thrown at synagogue and
school windows, death threats being sent via social media, visible
Jews being taunted and physically being assaulted on route to their
homes or places of worship and even a young Jewish girl’s hair being
set on fire,” he added.
Since the League began documenting anti-Semitism 30 years ago, the
number of hate crimes against Jews has increased more than 20-fold,
and officials maintain that not all incidents are reported.
“When Statistics Canada finds that yet again the Jewish community is
the most targeted minority in the hate crimes motivated by religion,
we should be asking why,” Dimant continued. “We cannot simply stand
by passively when death threats are dismissed as insignificant, when
targeting Jewish homes is described as just kids hanging out, and
when physical assaults are subsequently boasted about on Facebook.”
The report recommends making funds available in order to educate
police and Crown prosecutors about hate crimes.
“There is no silver bullet to wipe out anti-Semitism, but we need to
make sure antisemitism stays on the radar and public education will
be key to success,” said Marvin Kurz, a lawyer with B’nai Brith.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/01/12)
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